"At last, we are beginning to harvest more than 100 years
of international advocacy of Indigenous peoples."
- Dr. Myrna Cunningham Kain, on her initial reactions to the $1.7 billion pledge
The Land Dialogues are back for another season of thought-provoking discussions, and yesterday's opening webinar gave us a lot to look forward to this year. With an all-star panel and an expert moderator, the webinar asked probing questions about the $1.7 billion pledge coming out of COP26 to support forest tenure rights of indigenous people and local communities, barriers facing multilateral agencies, the necessary co-existance of statutory and customary land rights, and more. Did you miss the first Land Dialogues of 2022? Watch the replay here.
"It is [often] much easier to change statutory law than it is
to change customary ways that have been in place for a long time
and are durable because they actually attend to people's real needs."
- Dr. Jon Unruh, on one of the reasons why the pledged money should go to Indigenous and local communities
About the Land Dialogues
This year´s Land Dialogues series will focus on the opportunities this recognition presents and explore what immediate steps are needed to ensure indigenous and local communities legal land rights recognition. The discussions will look at the legal frameworks advancing tenure rights, the use of data as a source of empowerment, innovative tools supporting governance of territories and the power of stories to other themes that affect and offer opportunities to the most vulnerable groups within the land sector to claim their rights, monitor and hold decision-makers accountable.
With this in mind, a series of four webinars will be held in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, Portuguese and French. The Land Dialogues are co-organized by the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility, the Ford Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
For more information, explore the Land Portal's portfolio on Indigenous & Community Land Rights.
May 19th 2022 at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (15:00 PM– 16:30 PM CEST)